'attitude'? There was no such expression used back then. But, yeah,
I had 'attitude.' I was real gung ho and didn't shy away from it.
I had a job to do and I was intent upon doing whatever it took to
do it correctly. I'm afraid I wasn't liked by a couple of my ship
mates. But they had issues with military life as a whole anyway.
Bob Boling got
the brunt of my criticisms, however. I admire his courage "under
fire" as I was relentless in getting every Bugle call out correctly
and on time. There was no room for error. And when I made a rare
error there was always someone to point it out to both of us. I
have to admire Bob for putting up with me as well as he did. A true
gentleman of Kentucky, Bob made his concerns known to me and was
very gracious in bowing out of the Bugle gig.
I still feel
strongly about precision. Even more so when you are the only one(s)
and everyone is listening.
'Boats' Swan on the quarter deck (above). I pursaded him to hold
my Bugle for a photograph. I good turn he took the pictures of me
above in front of the "bullet".
I had an interesting
request from one of the 'Boat's to show hot to use hot wax to tune
a pipe. Piping, bugling, flags and other forms of communication
has been a avocation of mine all of my life. So I also gave tips
on some of the piping calls in this series of three pictures. Odd.
You wouldn't think I'd be helping out the competition.
Lastly is the
'N' Div. crew resting before or after morning muster. They look
discouraged. We must have had bad news. Perhaps it was either me
taking this picture or it was about the time we were heading home,
turned around crossing the International Date Line and headed to
South Korea. After which we turned around again and finally headed
home. that was a bad week as Saturday is a work day and the whole
ship ended up working three Saturdays in a row, literally!